Ytterbium laser for $13,000.

One of the largest obstacles to two-photon DIY microscopy is the acquisition of a pulsed laser system, which generally hits the $100,000 range. Evan Perillo, Justin McCracken, Daniel Fernée, John Goldak, Flor Medina, David Miller, Hsin-Chih Yeh, and Andrew Dunn have a 2016 paper detailing the construction and characterization of a Ytterbium laser at  1060 […]

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DIY Fluorescence Smartphone Microscopy

We’ve covered several portable microscopy setups before, including Foldscope, wooden scope, and our favorite these little UV magnifiers. We like the latter so much because it is capable of both white light, and UV light, and we found we were capable of doing a little bit of fluorescence microscopy on it. That’s where a 2017 […]

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An AIP Tool to help you negotiate salary.

Not sure where to start salary negotiations for a US institution? The American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center has created a Salary Calculator tool to calculate the mean salary, and it’s standard deviation, given a set of factors such as location, experience, and gender. The tool is based on a survey of 1700 faculty members […]

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Computers on The Cheap

It’s a Technical Tuesday! Today we are going down the rapids of computer purchasing. This is a primer on purchasing computers on the cheap. We start with prebuilt computers (1), then cover acquiring peripherals (2,3), and finally talk about building your own computers (4,5). This is a living document about a volatile topic, so write […]

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